From the monthly archives:

August 2010

How To Enjoy Work That Makes You Miserable

by Stephen Mills August 28, 2010
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The bottom line is you can choose a positive or a negative attitude about whatever you are doing and in that choice lies the difference between joy and misery.

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Books to Consider

by Stephen Mills August 24, 2010
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Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age – This is a really good book about what it means to make use of the advantages of the connected digital world without suffering all the disadvantages.  I highly recommend it as probably the most balanced treatment of the good and […]

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Deep Death Bed Thoughts

by Stephen Mills August 21, 2010
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I’m thinking old age regret is going to suck. In order to avoid it, I find it useful to put myself on my death bed and imagine how I will feel. It’s easy to piss your precious life minutes away when you are young, or even when your not so young, but it is sometimes helpful to realize at some point you are done and will get none of them back.

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Choosing Real Freedom

by Stephen Mills August 14, 2010
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I have been a slave to the tyranny of my own mind. I’ve done it to myself. I have been missing something that very few people achieve or even know exists – Psychological Freedom. Psychological freedom is the freedom to choose our own state of minds. It’s freedom that comes from not reacting to what is external to us with fear, want, worry, stress, frustration, anger, jealousy, depression, or hurt.

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Using a Task-Focused Email Account to Bring Order to Chaos

by Stephen Mills August 11, 2010
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One weekend, I had an “aha” moment when I suddenly realized that I had found my Achilles heel — and that it was email. I was looking at every email that came into my account, whenever it came in, no matter what it was. An email notification felt like a ringing telephone — something I needed to attend to right away

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Don’t Give Away Your Happiness

by Stephen Mills August 7, 2010
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Your happiness is very precious; it may be the most important gift you have been given. And yet I would wager that you are giving much of it away. I do. We all do.

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Life Advice In a Nutshell

by Stephen Mills August 2, 2010
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If you cannot spend at least several hours every day doing something for no other reason than you want to do it, then I consider that slavery. Drop commitments like they are poison. Avoid spending yourself into slavery (see below). Absolutely do your own thing and not what anyone else thinks you should do, whether that anyone is society, your family, or your partner.

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